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Saturday, June 28, 2014

Ispanak Salatasi (Turkish baby spinach salad)

A really nice salad from the Turkish cuisine. Fresh and green as it may be, with all the leaves and such, it's still hearty enough to eat as a main, since it also contains nuts and cheese bits and corn and some raisins. It's seasoned with sumac (a spice very well-loved in Turkey and in Middle Eastern cuisines in general) and lemon juice and it's something you'll really remember and want to make again. Enjoy.
Recipe source: here.

Last year: Papanași (Romanian ricotta-based sweet fritters).
Two years ago: Pizza with goat cheese, caramelized onions and raspberry sauce.
Three years ago: Spicy shrimp and wild rice soup (Chinese).

Ingredients (serves 2):
  • 100 g baby spinach, washed and drained
  • 50 g corn kernels from the can
  • 2-3 tablespoons raisins
  • 10 black olives (optional)
  • 2 green onions, chopped (optional)
  • 3 tablespoons walnuts, lightly chopped
  • 3 tablespoons grated Cheddar cheese
  • juice from half a lemon
  • 3 tablespoons cold-pressed olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon sumac
  • 1 teaspoon of salt (or to taste; personally I find 1/2 teaspoon is more than enough)

Put the baby spinach in a salad bowl. (Isn't it pretty?) :)

Add the green onions (if using), the olives and raisins and corn and mix well. Also add the olive oil, lemon juice, salt and sumac and mix again.

After the salad is well mixed (give it another shake or two), top it with the grated cheese and the chopped walnuts. It's done, dig in! :)

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